Human Research Ethics Approval Number - H20REA054
This project is being undertaken as part of a Bachelor of Science (Honours) major in Psychology project and is partially supported by a sponsored research agreement with CatholicCare Social Services Southern Queensland. The purpose of this project is to evaluate whether participation in CatholicCare Separated Parents are Raising Kids (SPARK) program had an effect on your psychological well-being and parenting skills. Research has shown psychoeducational programs for divorced parents can decrease inter-parent conflict and increase effective co-parenting, enhance parent-child relationships, and improve parent self-care and child well-being. The factors to be examined include parental self-care, parent-child relationship and inter-parent relationship. The research team requests your assistance because as a previous SPARK program attendee you can provide valuable insight regarding what aspects of the program were most useful and what aspects could be improved.
Your participation will involve completion of an online questionnaire that will take approximately 60 minutes of your time and a follow-up phone call consisting of open questions about the SPARK program satisfaction and acceptability. Questions will include questions such as,
“We agree on general standards for our child’s behaviour”
“I tended to over-react to situations”
Your participation in this project is entirely voluntary. If you do not wish to take part, you are not obliged to. If you decide to take part and later change your mind, you are free to withdraw from the project at any stage. You will be unable to withdraw data collected about yourself after the data has been analysed. If you do wish to withdraw from this project or withdraw data collected about you, please contact the Research Team (contact details at the top of this form). Your decision whether you take part, do not take part, or to take part and then withdraw, will in no way impact your current or future relationship with the University of Southern Queensland or CatholicCare Social Services Southern Queensland.
It is expected that this project will directly benefit you through self-reflection. Additionally, the results of the study will benefit CatholicCare and more specifically, future participants of the SPARK program as the findings will be used to improve the modules and the program.
In participating in the questionnaire, there are minimal risks such as experiencing discomfort. Otherwise, there is no anticipated physical, social, economic, or legal risk involved in participating. Sometimes thinking about the sorts of issues raised in the questionnaire can create some uncomfortable or distressing feelings. If you need to talk to someone about this immediately, please contact:
- CatholicCare: 1300 477 433
- USQ’s Psychology clinic Toowoomba Clinic: (+617) 4631 1763
- (24/7) Country Callback line on 1800 54 33 54
- (24/7) Lifeline on 13 11 14.
- (24/7) Beyondblue on 1300 22 4636
You may also wish to consider consulting your General Practitioner (GP) for additional support.
Privacy and Confidentiality
All comments and responses will be treated confidentially unless required by law. Your name and contact details will be stored separately to any survey data. The non-identifiable data will be made available for future research purposes for full unspecified use. The data will be stored electronically on a secured, encrypted, password-protected network within the University of Southern Queensland and the results will be published as part of the honours project thesis. Furthermore, the results will be shared with CatholicCare Social Services Southern Queensland also. Participants will be provided with a summary of the results by contacting the researchers. The project is partially funded by a sponsored research agreement with CatholicCare Social Services Southern Queensland. Any data collected as a part of this project will be stored securely as per University of Southern Queensland’s Research Data Management policy. Electronic data will be stored on password-protected university computers/servers.
Questions or Further Information about the Project
Please refer to the Research Team Contact Details below if you have any questions or to request further information about this project.
Concerns or Complaints Regarding the Conduct of the Project
If you have any concerns or complaints about the ethical conduct of the project, you may contact the University of Southern Queensland Manager of Research Integrity and Ethics on (+617) 4631 1839 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The Manager of Research Integrity and Ethics is not connected with the research project and can facilitate a resolution to your concern in an unbiased manner.
Research Team Contact Details
Principal Investigator Details
Dr Carol du Plessis
Telephone: (+617) 3812 6199
Other Investigator Details
Ms Jennifer Crathern